Writing is a craft and a discipline, and if you want to be a successful writer you’ll need to develop certain essential skills. Here are ten habits that will see you through any kind of writing that you do—books, magazine or newspaper articles, website content; you name it.
Many bestselling business books begin in one of five ways: with a story about the book’s topic, with a story about the author, by demonstrating the situation/phenomenon the book discusses, by explaining necessary background, or with a dictionary definition. A look at each of these five approaches, with examples.
There are many ways to start off a memoir, ranging from the conventional to the startling, the conversational to the literary, and the deceptively mundane to the outspokenly confrontational. Here’s a look at eight great techniques, with examples.
There are several ways to begin a military memoir, including starting as you head off to war, starting after you’ve retired and are looking back, starting by explaining why you joined up, and starting shortly after your enlistment has ended. A look at these techniques, with examples.
You can start a sports memoir at the moment you’re down and out, by describing a feeling no one else understands, just before the big event, and early in childhood, where it all began. A look at these techniques, with examples.
There are numerous ways to begin a political memoir, including at the moment when all seems lost, at a time of great crisis, with an interesting realization, and as your time in office is coming to an end. A look at these techniques, with examples.
Popular family memoirs often begin with a discussion of an object that hold memories, by describing what sets your and your family apart, with a recitation of family facts, and by talking about the thing that has loomed so very large in your family’s life. A look at these techniques, with examples.
Here are five examples of the opening paragraphs from popular celebrity memoirs. As you can see, some celebrity memoirs begin by highlighting the celeb’s persona, while other have tried to pull back the curtain to reveal the real person underneath it all.
A ghostwriter may do more than simply writing your book. She or he may also write the book proposal, arrange for editing and proofing, identify literary agents for you, facilitate self-publication, arrange for cover and interior design, and more. Learn all that a ghostwriter can do for you.
Many people confuse the copy editor and proofreader, but they have different and distinct duties. A look at the two, what they do for your manuscript, and why and when you should use them.
Most standard publishers will not look at your manuscript unless an agent sends it in. These 35 publishers will, so you can send to them on your own. Here’s a listing, complete with links to the sites and descriptions of what they are looking for.
Literary agents are your entrée into the world of standard publishing, to editors at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and other mainstream publishing houses. Here’s a list of 100, complete with links to their sites.
Each of these experts can help you create your book. But they have different roles and tools, and may or may not be appropriate for you and your manuscript at certain points. Here’s a look at these professionals and how they can help you.
Self-published author Kathy Hendershot-Hurd explains what she did right and wrong with her book. Learn from her mistakes in this guest blog.
Figuring out self-publishing royalties can be surprisingly complex. It depends on several factors, including type of book sold (softcover, e-book, etc.), the size of the book, and the sales channel in which it was sold. A look at how these royalties are calculated, with explanations from the contracts of iUniverse, Xlibris, and WingSpan Press.